Veraval is a city and a municipality in Junagadh
district in the Indian state of Gujarat
. It is located 6 km from Somnath.Veraval was founded in 13th or 14th century by Rao Veravalji Rathod, a Rajput. Veraval was once a fortified port town of the royal family of Junagadh. It was a part of the Kingdom of Junagadh till 1953 when Junagadh was merged with India
The city still bears some remnants of the old Nawabi heritage, the beautiful Nawabi summer palace being among them. There are ruins of the old Nawabi fort and Nawabi Gates in and around the place. The old walls of the port are now ruined, but the impressive Junagadh gate and the Patan
gate are still seen, but are in a very bad state.The Nawabi Palace with gothic features which is one of the main attractions. It is popularly known as Somnath College (the palace was converted into a college after it was abandoned by the Nawab).At present it is the building of a Sanskrit university.
The town is often known as the gateway to the magnificent temple of Somnath and the pilgrimage centres of Prabhas Patan
and Bhalkha. Veraval is also the nearest town to the Gir National Park
(42 km away).Fisheries have always been the main industries in the town and are dominanted by the Kharwas (fisherfolk) (Machhimar). The fishing is done mostly on traditional boats and trawlers. Veraval also has a large boat making industry.
Veraval also enjoyes a long coastline, lined with beaches. Beaches extend uninterrupted almost throughout the Veraval coast. Only a small portion of the beach has been commercialised and majority of the beach is still virgin.
Veraval is an important railway station for Western Railways. The trains connect it to major cities such as Ahemedabad, Rajkot
, Ratlam, Ujjain, Vadodara
, Pune, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Mumbai and Trivandrum.The nearest airports are Diu and Rajkot
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